HENNIKER, N.H. - New England College had a 45-16 advantage in shots on goal and scored three power play goals Tuesday evening, but needed a pair of late third period goals to put away Plymouth State University, 4-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action.
Freshman Mick Fitzpatrick (Lancaster, N.Y.) continued his strong play in the PSU goal, finishing with 41 saves and keeping the Panthers in the game. PSU completes the first semester of hockey with a 3-5-1 overall record, while NEC evens its mark at 3-3-0.
The Pilgrims out shot PSU 18-6 in the first period, but led only 1-0 on a power play goal at 17:52 by sophomore Brian Shea (Bow, N.H.). Freshman Jeff Armando (Canton, Mass.) made it 2-0 with a man-advantage goal two minutes into the second period, but junior Topo LaCroix (Moretown, Vt.) put the Panthers on the board less than two minutes later. NEC out shot the visitors 18-4 in the second period, but had just the 2-1 lead entering the third period.
Fitzgerald kept it a one-goal game until junior Anders Lusth (Sandviken, Sweden) tallied a power play goal for NEC with 4:08 to play. Freshman Mark Ehl (North Vancouver, B.C.) closed out the scoring with an empty-netter with 29 seconds remaining.
After a three-week break for final exams and the Christmas holiday, PSU will return to action in the Salem State College Hockey Classic on Dec. 27-28 in Salem, Mass. The Panthers will meet host Salem State at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, with Bowdoin and Fitchburg State playing in the other first round match-up.
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